Following the Government Equalities Office’s (“GEO”) suspension of the gender pay gap reporting deadline for 2019/20, and given the ongoing focus on COVID-19, reporting announcements were significantly slower in 2020/21 than in earlier years. On 24 February 2021, the GEO announced a delay in enforcement for 2020/21 reporting to 5 October 2021 and the usual reporting rush towards 5 April didn’t happen.
While slightly under 25% of companies reported prior to 5 April 2021, reporting continued steadily throughout April and May and was 32% as at 31 May 2021. Reporting within the retail sector was slightly higher than the wider market, at 36%. To some extent this may reflect the relative size of retail organisations, as there is a tendency for large organisations to report more consistently and compared to other industries there are proportionately more retailers with large employee populations.
Based on the limited group who had reported by 31 May 2021, we observed the following trends: